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Planted at Mount Vernon

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    Spiderwort has grassy foliage and interesting purple blossoms, but tends to flop after flowering. It does best in shady locations and benefits from a good haircut after blooming.

    Latin Name

    Tradescantia virginiana



    Also Known As

    Spider Lily

    Type of Plant


    Bloom Season

    May - July




    Max Height: 3'
    Max Spread: 1.5'


  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Shade
    Part Shade


  • Clay Soil
  • Black Walnut

  • Toxicity

    Skin irritant


    Native Range

    Eastern United States


    Philadelphia plantsman John Bartram listed this Virginia native for sale in 1770.

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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